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April 02, 2014


Why Obama Fired No One Over Botched Roll Out

Having survived a bungled launch of the Obamacare website last year, President Obama's Rose Garden victory lap yesterday "ended a telling chapter in Obama's approach to presidential leadership," National Journal reports.

"During the darkest days of the website meltdown, Obama made it clear to those who asked that it was crucial for him not to fire any high-ranking administration officials. Sebelius and McDonough both reasonably feared they would be shown the door."

"Holding a maligned, self-doubting team together in moments of peril is too often oversimplified by the phrase 'No Drama Obama.' It's more complex than that. Obama has convinced himself that scaring people with a ceremonial firing deepens fear, turns allies against one another, makes them risk-averse, and saps productivity. At no time was this distillation of presidential power put to more strenuous administration-wide test."












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